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November 09, 2011


Larry Beasley's Simple Plan

"Cities all over the world, in love with the image of Vancouver as an urban utopia, are eager to clone it. But as former planner Larry Beasley will tell anyone who’ll listen, it’s not quite that easy." - Frances Bula For full article: http://www.vanmag.com/News_and_Features/Larry_Beasleys_Simple_Plan Originally published in Dec 1, 2008
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November 04, 2011


Say We Meet 02

This city encloses difference. Trading its virtual for our actual, it works against the everyday reminder of the cultural and political differences separating us—liberal from conservative, insider from out, local citizen from foreign migrant, the 99 from 1 per cent. The city draws us together—pulling us in and pushing us away down any one of a million new lines.
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November 04, 2011


Say We Meet 01

It started over coffee, or might have. Just an idea, not necessarily a good one, definitely something to think about. After lunch, a few more sketches. Then on the way home, it hits you. You walk the seawall, the idea walks with, taking on shape, clarity. This other way of describing the city—this one you and I happen to live in. We share drawings, understanding as we do something of rudiments of a waterside walkway, a path that need not and should not go anywhere. A walk always within eyeshot of home, a home.
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November 03, 2011


Businessweek Article of Mohamed Ali Alabbar

"The Master Builder Of The Middle East: Mohamed Ali Alabbar is building towers in the desert—and a fast fortune." Bloomberg Businessweek article by Stanley Reed JULY 2, 2007 Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_27/b4041056.htm
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November 03, 2011


Trevor Boddy's "Vancouverism vs. Lower Manhattanism"

Trevor Boddy writes, " Shaping high density residential environments is the most important issue before urban designers in North America today. As the urban consequences of permanently higher energy costs sets in, and as the benefits to urbanity of properly-managed high density living become ever more evident, new debates are emerging, while old debates are falling away." INSIGHT: Vancouverism vs. Lower Manhattanism: Shaping the High Density City by Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic, The Vancouver Sun September 20, 2005 read more http://www.archnewsnow.com/features/Feature177.htm
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November 03, 2011


Trevor Boddy "Vancouverism and Its Discontents"

In this Vancouver Review review of Meredith Quartermain's Vancouver Walking and Lance Berelowitz's Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, Trevor Boddy discusses the notion of Vancouverism. He writes, "Vancouver does one thing well: We build condos higher and denser than any other spot on the continent, and our global reputation is currently being set by these acts."
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November 03, 2011


Mike Davis "Fear and Money in Dubai"

This article by Mike Davis provides a Marxist critique of Dubai's fantastical mega-projects and the "giganticism" its urban dream. New Left Review 41, September-October 2006: http://newleftreview.org/?view=2635
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November 03, 2011


Deborah Campbell's Walrus Magazine Article: "Magic Kingdom or Glass House"

This is an important look at the Dubai phenomenon from Vancouver-based writer Deborah Campbell. Campbell's in-depth consideration of the situation on the ground in Dubai points to the fragility of the city's socio-political basis. This 2007 article draws attention to the importance of 9/11 on Dubai's accelerated growth. It is also important to note that it predates the 2008 economic meltdown and subsequent reigning in of Dubai's unbridled exuberance. This a must read for anyone interested in Dubai.
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November 03, 2011


A Not-so Didactic Didactic

Cities are built, but they are also imagined, dreamed, traded and trafficked. Within the confluence of global urbanization, the structures and strategies of one place get mapped onto the ground of another. In the process, individual cities find themselves shaped by an interurban flow of ideas and capital—local aspirations give way to capricious international agenda. 
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October 25, 2011


Dubai West Feature in Vancouver Magazine

"Almost overnight, the tiny Middle Eastern kingdom of Dubai has transformed from a modest trading port into a glittering Shangri-la—complete with indoor ski hill. Situated at the crossroads of the emerging giant economies—China, India, Russia, the Persian Gulf petro-powers—the city-state draws tourists and foreign investors to its audacious mega-projects, from the world’s largest manmade island to the largest mall.